Bomb explosion leaves three civilians dead, injured in Kirkuk

Firemen stand near a blast site in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. File photo

Kirkuk ( – An Iraqi civilian was killed and two others were wounded in a bomb attack in southern Kirkuk, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge targeted a vehicle in al-Wasti district in southern Kirkuk, leaving an employee of the Sunni Endowment Diwan killed,” the source told the Baghdad Post website.

According to the source, the explosion left two other civilians wounded.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.

A total of 79 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 99 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 63 civilian casualties (30 killed, 33 injured), followed by Kirkuk (8 killed, 34 injured) and Nineveh (13 killed and 05 injured).

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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